My grateful thanks to Sachin Tendulkar for taking out time from his hectic schedule in South Africa to write the foreword for this book; that too at short notice. Thanks also to Austin Coutinho for agreeing to collaborate with me in writing this book and embellishing it with his caricatures. My wife Ravinder, and my daughters Timrar and Jankeesh too deserve my gratitude for their constant support and encouragement.
This book wouldn’t be complete without the help of ace photographers Srenik Sett and Pradeep Mandani. My sincere thanks also to photographers from Pakistan, Hasan Bozai and Iqbal Munir, and of course to Roger Binny for the pictures of the silver jubilee function and those taken on board the fl ight to London. Thanks to P.R. Man Singh, Sunil Valson, Maninder Singh, Clayton Murzello, Lokendra Pratap Sahi and Makarand Waingankar for providing valuable inputs to this book, and cricinfo as well as ‘Indian Cricket’ from where I could jog my memory with the vital information and statistics available. Of course, I cannot forget the friends who have been encouraging me all these years to write a book on our World Cup win, and last but not the least, the members of the 1983 team but for whom the ‘Devil’s Pack’ would have no meaning.